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Philippians 4:6; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; John 16:33
- A boat anchor or a picture of an anchor
(Hold up the anchor)
Can anyone tell me what this is? (Allow for responses). That’s right. But can anyone tell me what it does? (Allow for answers, then explain).
A boat anchor is made to keep a boat from drifting away at sea. The way it works is you would tie the anchor to a long rope that is attached to the boat. When you want to keep the boat secure, you would lower the anchor on the rope down to the ocean floor. It’s really heavy and made of metal so that it sinks in the water easily. These sharp hooks on the anchor dig into the ocean floor and keep the boat from moving.
People use them when they are not sailing in their boats, to keep them near the dock. If they didn’t use an anchor, then when they came to go sailing, their boat wouldn’t be there anymore! Sailors also use anchors in bad stormy weather to keep their boat from drifting off course.
Now, if a boat was using an anchor, you wouldn’t be able to see it, because it is hidden under the water, but you would notice that the boat stays firmly secured.
This anchor reminds me a lot of God’s peace. God’s peace can hold us securely even in the storms of life. When tough times come in your life, and they WILL come, God’s peace can hold you securely. Peace is knowing that no matter what is happening God will never leave you or forsake you. Peace is knowing that even though this world has troubles, we can look forward to being with Jesus in Heaven one day where it is truly peaceful all the time.
When we have God’s peace, other people will notice that we are not worried and bothered by the things that are going on in our lives. Then you can tell them that Jesus is the peace that anchors you.
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Psalm 16:11, Psalm 30:5, Psalms 35:9, Psalm 51:12, Psalm 126:5, Isaiah 35:10, Isaiah 51:11, Isaiah 55:12, Galatians 5:22, 1 John 1:4
- Bottle of seltzer
- Permanent magic marker
What are some thing that make you happy? (Give the kids a chance to respond.) People love being happy so they do all kinds of things to make themselves happy. They go to movies. Go on vacations. Read books. Tell jokes. But happiness is really just something on the outside.
(Draw a smiley face on the bottle.)
If I told you I was going to give you $100 you would probably be really happy. It’s something that happens on the outside that makes you happy. The problem with happiness is that if the things around you aren’t going well you aren’t happy anymore. Maybe instead of me giving you $100 you lose $100 and now you aren’t happy anymore.
(Draw a frown face on the bottle. While you are doing this make sure you shake up the bottle a little so it will spray when you open the bottle.)
In Nehemiah 8:10 we read that Joy is our strength. Joy is something that comes from within.
(Open the bottle and let the water spray out.)
If something good happens to you you may be happy, but you can also have joy inside your heart. Make something bad happens and you are now sad, but you can still be joyful because joy comes from within your heart not from our circumstances. God’s joy is our strength in tough times. We are able to be joyful because we know that God loves us and cares for us and that our names are written in Heaven.
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